Pictured left is Vice President Biden yucking it up over the murder of four Americans in Libya. His defense is that Rep. Ryan’s accusation was just too funny – administration officials, led by Ambassador Susan Rice, purposely misled the American people as to what really happened in Benghazi.
Jeremiah watched Ms. Rice offer her interpretation live on CNN. Deliberately or otherwise, she appeared to be confusing an Islamist protest in Cairo with events in Benghazi. At the time, there was already strong evidence that the latter was a planned terrorist attack.
The Vice President might have allowed that some officials had been misinformed. Instead, he stands on the assertion that the “spontaneous violence” story was the best intelligence available at the time. This is troubling, because we rely on our intelligence agencies to tell us when, for instance, Iran has developed an atomic weapon.
In fact, it is likely that American intelligence has been degraded by leaks in the New York Times, the drone campaign, and events in Pakistan. Even Wikileaks has played a role. America, together with Israeli intelligence, had been waging a successful campaign to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program – including the use of a sophisticated computer virus. The FBI is investigating how classified methods ended up in the New York Times.
We have also been waging a campaign to kill Taliban and other militants using UAV drone strikes. Ironically, the Vice President has been a supporter of this program, which is not an aid to intelligence gathering. Intelligence is produced by capturing the enemy, with their data, and interrogating them. Drone strikes are effective in the short term, but they “consume” intelligence.
America also needs to cultivate a network of Afghan and Pakistani informants. This effort was dealt a blow when Wikileaks printed the list, and the enemy simply rounded up our spies and killed them. By the way, the Pakistani doctor who helped us find Osama bin Laden? He is still in jail in Pakistan.
It takes a long time to develop intelligence sources. If we do not replenish the supply, and stop the leaks, then America will be in for some real trouble. When Vice President Biden lays blame on the “best intelligence available,” we should be very worried. That’s no laughing matter.